Summit Team Building Interview

My name is Carrie Jones and I’d like to introduce you to my colleague Dave Gibson. Dave has worked with us here at Summit Team Building for many years as a Program Director. Dave works out of our Muskoka office and I work out of our St. Catharines office. Because I am the newest member to the team here at Summit Team Building and because Dave has been a part of the team much longer than I have, I thought that interviewing Dave was the perfect way for me to glean from his experience and wisdom. As you read on, you will discover like I did that this interview is worth pure gold. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. For those of you who haven’t met Dave Gibson, let me introduce you to Dave… Hi Dave. Tell us about your journey. How did you find your way into Team Development? One of my first jobs out of University was as an instructor with the Outward bound Wilderness School. The opportunity to explore the outdoors was the attraction. Those wilderness courses brought together 8-10 people from different walks of life for 25 days. Working together on an expedition took teamwork. It ended up being a recurring theme in different jobs ever since.  How long have your worked for Summit? How did you and Scott Kress first meet? Scott and I first met in the late 1990’s when we were both working corporate programs on an intermittent basis for outward bound. We both had more hair then. I had my own company at the time and did...

The Hunt for Motivational Speakers in Toronto

Trying to find a motivational speaker in Toronto is easy – there are a ton of them. Trying to find a motivational speaker in Toronto that will have a message that resonates with your organization is a little tougher.  Remember, you are not only making a financial investment,  your team will be taking time away from work to listen to this message so it’s a good idea to think about what they should be walking away with before you start. Many motivational speakers in Toronto are talented, entertaining and can easily engage groups with stories and anecdotes for an hour or so. People leave feeling energized and have shared some laughs with their colleagues. Then they go back to work and the energy fades, the message doesn’t stick and no return on investment is realized. Steven Covey wisely said that successful people always start with the end in mind.  In keeping with that idea, here are a few questions to ask when hunting for the right motivational speaker in Toronto. What are the key messages my team will hear? If this is part of a conference or offsite there are usually themes that you will want to focus on. Having a clear vision of this before you start searching for a speaker will save you a lot of time and effort. Are the messages relevant and applicable to the work we do? Most motivational speakers in Toronto and beyond can tell you about their experiences but often fail when attempting to relate what they learned to the world their audience lives in. Will the presentation be entertaining and interactive?...